I enjoyed your article about the Aardvark Israel program, and especially that it featured my former student, Arielle Engelmayer. However, I thought it disingenuous that The Jewish Standard wrote: “Her grandfather is a local rabbi in New Jersey who has advocated for Israel in numerous columns, sermons, and speeches.” Her grandfather is the interim editor of your paper, Rabbi Shammai Engelmayer! Isn’t full disclosure appropriate?
(Yes, except that Arielle’s being featured in the Aardvark Israel article had nothing to do with her grandfather or nepotism. She just happened to be the only local student in this year’s contingent of Aardvark Israel participants, a fact unknown to her grandfather when he asssigned the article. Besides, we assumed that readers would figure out the connection. Obviously, some did. – Ed.)